MUMBAI: The $100m Space project has been termed to be revolutionary and has the target of sending ultra light nano crafts to Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system that is 25 trillion mile away.
The Project executive director, S Pete Worden, said that India’s participation will be needed.
The former Nasa Ames Research Centre director said that “For Breakthrough StarShot, our interstellar probe initiative, we note that India is a leader in space exploration, especially with the recent Mars Orbiter Mission. We hope to explore the possibility of working closely with the Indian Space Research Organisation on our StarShot program.”
“Breakthrough StarShot” will be a sci-fi in reality and encompasses pushing ultralight nano crafts-miniature space probes attached to light sails-to speeds up to 100 million miles an hour.
The Russian internet billionaire, Yuri Milner announced the project in New York alongside Stephen Hawking on April 12th 2016.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is on the board together with other top gurus in the space exploration arena.
Worden said that they have an interest of working with experts as well as the public in India.
He added that he visited India Institute of Astrophysics in Bengaluru last August and interacted with a number of scientist.